COLA Notes for November 2015

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Film by two UTA students were accepted into the 28th annual Dallas Video Fest this year, according to an article in The Shorthorn. Zoe by film senior Steve Baker and Phone Ghost by film graduate student Jean Patrick Mahoney were among the 100 films screen Oct. 12-18. … Dallas Morning News arts critic Rick Bretell commented about work by Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby in a piece about African-American artist Kehinde Wiley. His work is currently on display at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. “While I was in the Modern’s admirably installed Wiley survey, I found myself wishing the same galleries could have been filled with Huckaby’s work,” Bretell wrote. … KERA’s Art & Seek interviewed Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film, about his short “One Hitta Quitta,” and online violent videos that play a prominent role in the film. … “Moments and Vision,” a series of photographs by Assistant Professor Tore Terrasi are on display at East Tennessee State University, the Bristol Herald Courier reported. … D Magazine noted the exhibit, “John Wilcox: Diptychs and Polyptychs at The Wilcox Space,” which includes representations of Wilcox’s work by Assistant Professor Benjamin Lima. … The Shorthorn featured the 2100 Club and its annual pumpkin sale in a series of video reports.

CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: Kenton Rambsy (University of Kansas) presented “Empire State of Mind – From Slavery to Hip Hop: Black Digital Studies Matter” Nov. 4 in the Bluebonnet Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center. … The Center for African American Studies participated in last month’s Safe Haven Donation Drive, sponsored by the Social Work Constituency Council. The group collected items for women and children in need.

CENTER FOR MEXICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: The Center for Mexican American Studies recently announced its 2015-2016 speaker series. This year’s theme is “Justice, Representation and Empowerment.” Mexican poet Balam Rodrigo will speak Wednesday, Nov. 11, at noon in the San Jacinto room at the E.H. Hereford University Center. On Monday, Nov. 16, historian Deborah Toner (University of Leicester, UK) will speak at 2 p.m. in the Sixth Floor Parlor of the Central Library. Spring 2016 speakers scheduled include artist John Hernandez (Feb. 25), filmmaker John Valadez (March 29) and anthropologist Leo Chavez (April 13).


COMMUNICATION: Associate Professor Shelley Wigley attended the College Media Association’s convention in Austin Oct. 28-Nov. 1 to take part in a panel discussion, “Where Do You Have To Be? Internet Radio and Social Media.” Wigley also presented an original research paper titled “Engaging the Electorate: Social Media’s Role During the 2012 Presidential Election” at the Texas Social Media Conference in Fort Worth Nov. 6. … Lecturer Lance Liguez traveled to the 2015 College Media Association convention in Austin Oct. 28-Nov. 1 to accompany broadcast major student Monica Wicke, who was representing UTA Radio. Wicke, UTA Radio’s news director, won the second-place award for Best News category. … Associate Professors Andrew Clark and Tom Christie presented an original research paper titled “Terror from the Skies: The Propaganda of Aerial Warfare in the Emerging Mass Media of the First World War” at the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication Conference Nov. 6 in Fort Worth. … Broadcast Lecturer Julian Rodriguez will travel to Florida from Nov. 12-15 to accept the 2015 Bingham Award by the Association of Opinion Journalists. …. Associate Professor and Department Chair Charla Markham-Shaw co-authored an article with Grace Brannon (MA, ’15), published in the special “Family and Health Communication” issue of Southern Communication Journal. … Graduate Research Assistant Kami Vinton presented an original research paper at the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication Conference in Fort Worth on Nov. 6. Her paper is titled “Ebola in Dallas: Setting an Agenda of Fear at Home and Beyond.” … Several Communication students were part of a group that represented The Shorthorn, UTA’s student newspaper, at the College Media Association conference in Austin from Oct. 28-Nov. 1: Cody Bahn, Dylan Bradley, Jessica Chapa, Kevin Cushingberry Jr., Braulio Tellez, Yaritza Vazquez, Nia Bailey, Kathryn Cargo, Victoria Cortez, David Dunn, Anna Gutierrez and Rebekah Tomlin. The group accepted the 2015 Associated Collegiate Press Newspaper Pacemaker award, one of the most prestigious and competitive awards dedicated to student media. … Kyle Ward (’86), the executive director of the Texas PTA, will speak with local PTA members and education groups Nov. 10 during a visit at Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas, the Burleson Star reported. … FOX 4’s James Rose visited Lance Liguez’ TV Reporting class on Nov. 2. … The UTA chapter of the American Advertising Federation visited Moroch Partners, a Dallas ad agency, on Oct. 23, touring the facility and participating in a panel Q&A session. The student group will host Andrew Yanez, owner of Fort Worth-based design and advertising agency PytchBlack, on Nov. 18 at 3:30 p.m. in FAB 409. … UTA Radio celebrated Halloween at CASA of Tarrant County’s Second Annual Superhero Run. Local celebrities — including Karen Borta (’87) and Russ McCaskey, co-anchors for CBS 11 News This Morning — participated in the event to raise money for CASA, an organization of volunteer court appointed special advocates who stand up for abused and neglected children.

CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Alumnus Malik Aziz, a Dallas Police Department deputy chief, is a finalist for the Tuscon police chief job, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

DISABILITY STUDIES: Catherine Kudlick (San Francisco State University) will present “Disabling Cures: Rescuing History’s ‘Incurables’ from the Clutches of the Present” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in Room 104 of University Hall. … Robert and Schuyler Rummel-Hudson presented “Fighting Monsters with Rubber Swords” Nov. 4 in a program hosted by the Disability Studies program. … The Minor in Disability Studies program hosted a lunchtime meet-and-greet Oct. 28 in University Hall. Organizers informed students about upcoming classes and how to add a disability studies minor to their degree plan.

ENGLISH: Associate Professor Amy Tigner and several graduate students participated in an online event in July with several dozen academicians from around the world to transcribe the 17th-century recipe book of Rebecca Winche.

Doctoral student Robert Caldwell poses with a copy of his new book, Choctaw-Apache Foodways (Texas A&M University Press). The book explores food influences on tribes for more than 200 years.
Doctoral student Robert Caldwell poses with a copy of his new book, Choctaw-Apache Foodways (Texas A&M University Press). The book explores food influences on tribes for more than 200 years.

HISTORY: A new work on contemporary exploration and advancement of geographical science, “Aus allen Weltteilen Die Arktis” by Professor Imre Demhardt, was recently published by Springer Spektrum, the German division of global science publisher Springer. Demhardt, a German native, is the Garrett Endowed Chair in the History of Cartography. … Associate Professor and Department Chair Marvin Dulaney served as moderator for a panel discussion Oct. 22 for the Fort Worth Opera’s “Space Race: Advances in the U.S. Science and Transportation Technology” symposium in E.H. Hereford University Center. … Assistant Professor Oliver Bateman participated in a Nov. 5 panel discussion about the history of World Class Championship Wrestling in the Central Library. Other panelists included photographer Cirrus Bonneau, former pro wrestling personality and Political Science Associate Professor Allan Saxe, and former WCCW wrestlers “Cowboy” Johnny Mantell and “Iceman” King Parsons.

Department of Linguistics & TESOL graduate student Kimberly Johnson (left) and undergrad Frankie Pennington presented a Native American Languages Lab poster at Innovation Day on Oct. 22 at the College Park Center. The poster offered an overview on various projects within the group. (Photo contributed)
Department of Linguistics & TESOL graduate student Kimberly Johnson (left) and undergrad Frankie Pennington presented a Native American Languages Lab poster at Innovation Day on Oct. 22 at the College Park Center. The poster offered an overview on various projects within the group. (Photo contributed)

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: The Texas Standard interviewed Associate Professor and Department Chair Laurel Stvan about the term “alien.” It has many uses, but Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, says alien has no business in the official language of the United States. He’s calling for the word to be banned because he says it is dehumanizing. “Part of the current negative emotion today has to do with the power of ‘alien’ as a noun, rather than as an adjective,” Stvan said. “Usually nouns are more negatively used to portray a group because they reduce it to just a single characteristic.” The story also ran on Texas Public Radio and KUT 90.5/KUTX 98.9 in Austin. … The department’s new electroencephalography (EEG) officially opened Oct. 9 with an open house and demonstrations led by lab directors Assistant Professors Naoko Witzel and Jeff Witzel and doctoral student Ehsan Shafiee Zargar. … Graduate student Kimberly Johnson and undergraduate Frankie Pennington presented work on documenting endangered languages at UTA’s Innovations Day showcase on Oct. 9. … Faculty from the English Language Institute presented at the TexTESOL conference in San Antonio Oct. 23-25. Head of Student Affairs Fred Griffiths, Instructor Ramona Mahaffey (MA TESOL, ’08) and IEP Assessment Coordinator Chris Aufdembrink (MA TESOL, ’09) presented “How Colleague Collaboration Builds 21st Century EL Communication Skills”; Mahaffey and Aufdembrink also presented “Student Council: Bridging Student Success Through Student Leadership Opportunities”; IEP Listening-Speaking Coordinator and Head of Developmental English Sally Stevens presented “Speaking Up: 1-1 Pronunciation Tutoring.” … As part of celebrating November’s Native American History month, Professor Colleen Fitzgerald published a Huffington Post article “7 Things to Know About Native American Languages.” … Graduate student Kristen Fleckenstein won the Yumi Nakamura Prize for best presentation at the UTA Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL (UTASCILT) on Nov. 5.

MILITARY SCIENCE: Military Times says The University of Texas at Arlington is the best four-year college in Texas for military veterans and ranks UTA No. 16 of 125 institutions serving veterans who are seeking college degrees.

MODERN LANGUAGE: Associate Professor Ignacio Ruiz-Pérez was quoted in a Dallas Morning News article about Day of the Dead — the Mexican holiday honoring deceased loved ones — spreading into mainstream America. “Normally, Mexican people complain about the idea of Halloween penetrating the culture,” he said. “Now we are watching something that is the opposite in the U.S. in how the celebration of Día de Muertos is penetrating even Halloween.”

MUSIC: German newspaper, Westfalen-Blatt, noted that Associate Professor Tim Ishii, director of jazz studies at UTA, performed last month in an Opera Big Band concert with members of the Bielefeld Philharmonic. The event raised money on behalf of refugees in Bielefeld. … Assistant Professor David Grogan was guest artist at a Texas Camerata Baroque music concert at Fort Worth’s St. Andrews Episcopal Church recently, a Fort Worth Star-Telegram review reported.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Associate Professor Allan Saxe weighed in on a new memoir from former Texas state senator Wendy Davis in an article by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In the new book, Davis reveals that she terminated two pregnancies for medical reasons in the 1990s. “I think a lot of people go through these things, but they don’t talk about them,” Saxe said. “She does. I think these revelations will strike a chord in some of these women’s groups.” … Saxe talked about outgoing House Speaker John Boehner‘s deal with President Obama, the impending debt limit increase and Republican presidential candidates on Denver’s KHOW 630 AM. … Associate Professor and Department Chair Rebecca Deen was interviewed on KERA/90.1 FM about proposed ballot measures that Texans voted on last week. Deen discussed school bond packages, allowing statewide officials to live outside of Austin and hunting/fishing regulations. … The Israeli government must respond to Arab citizens of Israel, as well as Palestinians outside the borders, before the country can find peace wrote Assistant Professor Brent Sasley in a Foreign Affairs opinion piece. … Sassy also wrote about the legacy of Israeli politician and statesman Yitzhak Rabin for The Conversation. … Imprimis Pharmaceuticals CEO Mark L. Baum (BA, ’95) told The San Diego Union-Tribune last month that his company’s response in offering a $1 rival to Turing Pharmaceutical’s $750 pill provides a market-based answer to prohibitive drug pricing.

SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY: Associate Professor Jason Shelton was quoted in an Ozy article on how political candidates often invoke coming-to-religion stories to connect with evangelical voters: “It humanizes them. It speaks to this notion of Christianity as part of our identity as a nation.” … UTA alumna Lindsey Teel recently wrote a blog about disability in the workplace for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Several Maverick Theatre Company student actors joined famed film and stage actress Mia Farrow (center) for a master class earlier this term.

THEATRE ARTS: Senior Lecturer Brandi Andrade served as dramaturg, presented on the first read-through, and wrote a program essay for Theatre Three’s production of “Picnic.” Additionally, Andrade wrote another essay linking the playwrights of two shows in Theatre Three’s season, Tennessee Williams and William Inge to Margo Jones, to the recently-deceased head of Theatre Three, Jac Alder. That essay was published on the front page of TheatreJones. … A Shorthorn article featured “The Boys Next Door,” a comedy about four mentally-disabled men living together in the early ’80s. The production is part of the Maverick Theatre Company’s Sandbox Series. … Senior Lecturer Julienne Greer spoke on the intersection of social robotics and human emotion and behavior at The Robotics Innovation Show 2015 at ExCel space in London, England. Greer also spoke at the Disabilities Meet and Greet on Oct. 28 in regards to her elective course, “Humans and Robotics,” which features a unit of persons with disabilities on the vanguard of human-robotic interaction. … Scenic Designer Michelle Harvey designed the set for Theatre Three’s production of “Picnic.” … Senior Lecturer Seraphina Nova has two films — “Heartbroken in Houston” and “Cyberdancing” — screening at the Rack Focus Film Festival in mid December. … Senior Lecturer Laurel Whitsett is providing accent coaching on a television series called “Queen of the South.” … UTA alumnus Dan Hinckley was featured on the television program, “The Voice.”


(Compiled by James Dunning/COLA Communications,

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